You can pet a polar bear before it plunges into the lake at Peachland Beach on Wednesday.
More than 100 brave and slightly insane souls will mimic the Arctic carnivore by throwing back their heads, uttering thunderous roars and stampeding at full speed into the frigid waters of Okanagan Lake.
Alas, these cold-water junkies won't have seal blubber to feast on and must settle for hot cocoa.
But they will have bragging rights, having conquered one of the most popular polar-bear dips in B.C.'s Interior.
A record 172 semi-clad thrill-seekers took part in last year's Polar Bear Swim, and organizers are hoping more immerse themselves this year's free event. Check-in is at 12:30 p.m. in Peachland's Community Centre. The gun goes off about 1 p.m.
You must sign a waiver before the plunge; those under 18 must have an adult sign their form. Visit peachland.ca and click on the link.
Those who pre-register receive a special certificate.
Wanna-be polar bears will also be jumping into Okanagan Lake in Summerland. The 29th annual Summerland Kinsmen Polar Bear Dip at Sun-Oka Beach will be held at noon on New Year's Day. The event includes a warm fire, hot chocolate and hotdogs for all participants and spectators by donation. All proceeds go to local families and parks.
There is a prize for the best costume and free T-shirts for swimmers.